This interview was conducted in Melinda’s beautiful straw bale home on the land of the Kaurna people, sovereignty never ceded. It is about fabrik and blankets and art and bushfires and recovery. It is important and inspirational and is just the beginning of a long story waiting to be told.
This is an image of the drawing on the wall by Belinda Broughton, she lost her house and drew a representation of her property on the wall of the gallery, using charcoal from the fire.
The artwork is called Charcoal Drawing with No Name
The installation in the foreground is by Evette Sunset and it is called Eye of the Storm
The exhibition was called Solastalgia and it was curated by Jo Wilmot. It showed at Fabrik during the 2020 Fringe Festival.
When you have listened to part 2 and 3 you will understand what this is all about.
Marjon Martin has lived in the inner city of Adelaide since 1994. Born in the Netherlands and from the age of 8 grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. After a fair bit of travel around the world she chose Adelaide as the place to live. “I think the strength of communities determines the quality of life we lead. I enjoy telling stories as a means of sharing experiences.” Marjon shares her extensive knowledge about building community and the importance of community centres and inclusivity.
The photo shows just a little of what goes on in the South West Community Centre.
This short conversation with Sharon Ede is a teaser for a longer interview that will go into more depth on Sharon’s new book MAGE which will be launched in mid-March. First let me say I loved it; I reckon it has something for everyone. Because our chat was mobile to mobile there are some digital crackles, but it is enough to whet your appetite for more of what MAGE offers.
Sharon is an urbanist and activist with a background in grassroots environmental work, particularly with Urban Ecology Australia in the ecological cities movement, and as a cofounder of the Post Growth Institute. She has worked in State government in South Australia for twenty years, in roles including environmental planning, greening of government, resource efficiency and collaborative economy.
Sharon was selected as a Sharing Cities Fellow in 2016 by US-based Shareable to collaborate on producing a book, contributing to the Housing and Mobility chapters of ‘Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons’, and in 2017 successfully advocated for funding for community based shared fabrication spaces, including the flagship Makerspace Adelaide.
In 2020, she published her first fiction novel, MAGE, which has the tagline: ‘What if we could feel the future before it arrives?’
Part 1 and 2 of a wonderful chat I had with Mel Angel and Ned Baulderstone on the importance of early childhood learning and language and place. A fine example of what can be achieved and the benefits that can come from a collaboration with children, teachers, artists and in this case a Kaurna cultural advisor Ngaitalya Tamaru. Part 2 has Ned singing some catchy little songs that came about through that collaboration.
A bit of verse as a tribute to Anthony Tait for his retirement “do” A legend in education, the photo is of me in his DC office complete with a shark, disco balls and a moose head to name just a few absurdities
Indy lives in a community house in the SF Bay Area – The name of our community project is “The Perch” because we have an amazing view of the SF, the Golden Gate bridge, the ocean and the world! Tons of birds come hang out with us throughout the day. And we get to see the big picture while diving into our little pictures. it’s about living in a community that is active with supporting neighbors and people in need. We get deer visitors often and have an awesome nature reserve in our backyard (literally)
Julie was a union delegate in the catering section of a large public hospital where she worked for 20+years. In that time she never worried about job security. Now in the era of privatisation her colleagues will not enjoy that same security. It is alarming that even though the pandemic has exposed the risks involved in casualised and privatised workplaces no lessons have been learned, privatisation is still on the government’s agenda. Listen to part 1 and 2 of Julie’s story.
The Adelaide South West Community Centre opened to the public in 2005 in leased premises in Sturt Street after considerable behind-the-scenes work by local residents and Council. Since 2005 it has become the central hub for strengthening the local community. The property changed hands in 2018 and the Council secured two extensions to the lease. In February 2021 the owner will take possession of the premises and although Council resolved in August 2018 that the Centre will continue close by, the community is concerned about its future. Sue talks to Marjon Martin, Secretary, Susan Collins, Chair, Jeffrey Collins, Committee Member on behalf of the South West City Community Association Inc. Listen to part 1 and 2 here.